3 day quote challenge day 3 (2nd nomination)

Once again, thank you Samia J. Hassan for nominating me for this fun challenge, I had a good time being able to share quotes with all of you! This is day 3 and I hope all of you will appreciate the quotes I have posted for today.  

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today: 

  1. “Stuff your eyes with wonder… live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.  See the world.  It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
  2. “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela 
  3. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

My nominees: 

  1. leggypeggy
  2. ferhatkonas
  3. Arohii

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxox

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Using a Medicine Ball for Exercises

medicine ball workout

Hey lovely bloggers, I wanted to share some cool workouts one can do using a medicine ball. I love using medicine balls, they are portable, come in a variety of weights, can be inexpensive, can be DIY (created yourself), and can be used to make a movement more advanced.  Many people may overlook the usage of a medicine ball and the powers it can unleash when used correctly for your workouts, I think because people assume that lifting weights has to be with a dumbbell, barbell or kettlebell, that medicine balls cannot get the job done, but honestly if you have ever lifted a heavy medicine ball.. you will KNOW it can get the job done! I tell people, don’t knock it until you try it.. because you never know, you may end up liking it & this saying goes for don’t bash using medicine balls until you have given them a chance, because who knows.. it could be your new go to exercise equipment and in the fitness industry, it is a plus to have variety and know variety; especially as a professional. I don’t believe in eliminating options, because what doesn’t work for you, could work for a client. I won’t be able to talk about all the exercises using a medicine ball can accomplish, but I will name a few and hopefully you will give it a shot.  For those of you who have used a medicine ball, share your opinion of them, if you haven’t used a medicine ball; does this sound like something you would want to try in the future for workouts? Would love to hear all of your opinions and feedback 🙂

 

benefits of using a medicine ball:

 
  • Helps build explosive strength
  • Challenge your core
  • work on balance
  • Adds an element of fun
  • Improves hand-eye coordination 

Medicine ball exercises:

  • Lunge with twist
  • Single leg squat
  • Reaching Romanian deadlift
  • Single leg hip bridge
  • Rolling push-up
  • Medicine ball push-up
  • Weighted superman
  • lying chest toss
  • Wall pass
  • shoulder press
  • Ball fly
  • V-up
  • Overhead slam
  • Crunch with medicine ball
  • Straight leg sit up
  • Power cross chop
  • Extension pass
  • Russian twist
  • Burpee to medicine ball press
  • Medicine ball full body twist

These are just a few exercises that can be done while using a medicine ball, for some of you who may not have heard of some of these exercises, feel free to youtube them.  I, myself haven’t done all of these but I know I will be adding them to my list of exercises to try! Give it a shot. Thanks for reading. If any of you have questions or concerns, feel free to ask me

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

The Liebster Award! I was nominated. Thank you.

Liebster award

Hello worldly people, so many of you know I have been nominated for this award once or twice before, so many of you had the chance to learn much about me, but there is always new questions that usually come with this award and having my audience get to know me. I appreciate the blogger Funhouse vision for nominating me for this award! She is a wonderful blogger, so I hope everyone has a chance to take a look at her blog page, as it may be of some help to some of you 😀

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Questions From Funhouse vision to me:

  1. What is something you are afraid of doing but really want to try? I want to try being on a game show, I am afraid I will do horribly because I am not as smart as these people! LOL my brain slows down under pressure when I have trivia. 
  2. What is your least favorite movie? Hmm, I would have to say there are many movies that I have seen that I didn’t like, I’ll say the movie “Watchmen” it was too long and I fell asleep too many times trying to get through it. 
  3. What is your favorite song? Oh goodness, this is always a hard one for me. I don’t think there is ONE song that is my favorite, but I have been listening to the song “Gold” by Kiera (I think I spelled it wrong)
  4. What is your biggest pet peeve? I don’t like when people chew their gum and I can hear it, I also don’t like watching people do horrible form at the gym so they can lift heavier. 
  5. what is your favorite color? Blue
  6. What is your favorite food? I like burgers! haha Gourmet burgers
  7. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? I am cool.
  8. what do you look for in a best friend: Supportive, open minded, a sucker for food because I love to cook and I love to eat 😛
  9. Best part about blogging? Talking to all of you!
  10. What is number 1 on your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list at the moment
  11. Who is your style icon? Anyone who dresses better than me.. and has an amazing fitness wardrobe! I am jealous of you already.. LOL

My nominees:

  1. Rungurlrunblog
  2. heavybarbell
  3. Elizabeth Fredrickson
  4. christiansweightlosssuccess
  5. Itfitness

My questions for the nominees:

  1. What is one strength and one weakness you have?
  2. how long have you been blogging?
  3. Favorite holiday?
  4. what is one fear you have?
  5. do you stretch before and after your workout? 
  6. favorite exercise?
  7. do you meal plan?
  8. How do you spend your Saturday nights?
  9. Do you use any fitness apps, if so, which ones?
  10. Do you prefer free weights or machines?
  11. Talk about one childhood memory that means the most to you.

Hope my questions were not too boring, I tried to ask different questions than I have in the past, if I didn’t choose you as a nominee, it was because I was trying to branch out and ask people who I haven’t nominated as often..doesn’t mean you aren’t cool! all of you are amazing people, thank you for reading!

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon

 

 

3 Day quote challenge unleashed (2nd nomination, different quotes) Day 2

Thank goodness for waking up early, lol. I will be doing a couple of different nominations today! So bare with me as I try to stream through them like a ninja! Thank you Samia J. Hassan for nominating me for this 3 day quote challenge. I am starting to run out of friends on this site to nominate, so if I nominate you twice.. feel bad for me.. and let me know! LOL! I apologize ahead of time.

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today:

  1. “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” -Lousia May Alcott
  2. “Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.”- Henri Frederic Amiel
  3. “By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy-indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.” – William Osler

My nominees:

  1. womenonweightloss
  2. Miss Gentileschi
  3. Queen of the girl Geeks

Thank you for reading my quotes for day 2, I hope all of you have enjoyed them greatly! 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon

 

 

Pokemon Go & Fitness

pokemon

Well hello Pokemon masters, I welcome you to the page of fitness and health, where we begin talking about the progress Pokemon has made to fitness and health and how it has evolved over the course of a month, how it has evolved into something much more powerful than any trainer has seen before. I welcome young and old, trainers and professors, fellow wild Pokemon and trained Pokemon in experiencing a life changing event that will soon blow your minds.  I thank all of you for stopping by, save all opinions, thoughts and feedback for after the show, I would greatly appreciate it. Please understand we do not want to startle any Pokemon and/or cause some kind of threat, so we will have no catching while reading this blog post, and no battling whatsoever, LOL. If you standby for after the show, we will have a battling tournament that will take place in the world of where dreams come true. 

The new app, the new fun way of meeting people, the new fad, the new game, the new outside experience, the new and improved Pokemon, the new way of staying active for youngsters and adults alike has hit all of our phones and tablets and we are sucking it down like juice. Why? because we are able to do the same thing were able to do prior to this game but now we have a “reason” to do it. The reason we have: New game that entertains us to stay active, what could we do before this game hit the market? stay fit, exercise, go for walks, meet new people.  All of these things were possible before but because we didn’t have a “reason”, we chose to not do it.  Funny how stuff like this works, right? We give a kid a game and if he loves it, he will play it, he will share it with friends, he will make it an obligation, he will talk about it, he will advertise it, he will bring it with him where ever he goes, he will soon depend on it, he will make into a social acceptance award, and he will not pay attention to the outside world because his focus is what Pokemon he will catch next and where he will find it and who all is playing with him. God forbid you asked him to walk the dog previous to this game, he would have much rather come up with an excuse… LOL because kids don’t like doing things they don’t want to do without reason for it (good reason that they feel is good enough). I don’t have kids, but this is what I have observed from some parents who have complained about the game. In all honesty we shouldn’t complain now, right? because everyone is staying active, being social and happy and we can finally connect on the same social level as others who enjoy Pokemon, it is almost like the world did a 360 when this app released. Not necessarily with crime but with health and fitness, we have researchers saying more of the population is getting outside and being productive, we have teens and adults saying it has helped with their anxiety, we have people saying it mentally stimulates them and now we have some parents praising the game because it has somehow brought the family closer in terms of spending quality time together.  Sounds like the nations problems have been solved, time for all of us to quit our worrying and sit back with a few margaritas and tell the news to find something else to talk about because we no longer have issues.  Not really. Now I will NOT be the one to sway you for or against this particular app because it really doesn’t matter if you play it or not, I could careless and I am not judging you because we all have childhood shows, toys, etc that we love, there is nothing wrong with it and having someone play Pokemon does not effect me whatsoever (yet).  I will make mention, I have not downloaded the app, so, no I have not played this game, although I did like Pokemon a bit growing up (pikachu being my favorite of course).  

This blog post isn’t about whether one should play Pokemon Go or not, it isn’t about making fun of adults who play and it isn’t about whether the accidents that have happened because of it, make it safe or not to play it.  Those are things we may hit on, but honestly the main focus of this blog post is whether this Pokemon Go app is any good for fitness and health for the long term as it has been for the short term and if people realize how easy it is to be fit when this game is no longer popular and hitting the ground running. I am a fitness and health blogger, I am not a video game blogger, so I am not going to analyze every aspect of the game because that isn’t my expertise, so please keep this in mind as we discuss this topic. Okay, so I am happy that people are getting outside more often and socializing (helping with their anxieties) and I am happy we are pushing for kids to stay active through using a game (kids love fun) and I am very happy families are being seen doing it together, BUT.. I am not happy that it took something like this to happen for people to want to be more productive and active and now I am wondering if once this game is no longer popular, if people will still find themselves outside more often, will people still find themselves capable of talking to someone (without the use of Pokemon being the reason) and will people be able to still spend the same amount of quality time with their families.  If all this game does “essentially” is get you out of bed, and walking to the nearest store to catch a Pokemon that is 3 miles down the road, then why is it so difficult to do that without the game? If what I am seeing on my Facebook is correct and people are spending night and day outside catching Pokemon on their days off, visiting new neighborhoods, going inside stores, taking walks at their local parks; then I suppose I wonder how this all couldn’t have been done before? Hmm. The thing is, it could have been done before but people didn’t have a reason to do it before, they didn’t want to do it before because their was no reward or benefit.  This scares me as a fitness and health professional because now I am realizing why some people choose to not stay healthy and be their own kind of “fit” and that is because they don’t see the reward and don’t see the benefit being worth it. When someone who plays the game can tell me “I walk 10 miles daily to catch Pokemon so I can level up or evolve and this helps me do better in battles” but the same person tells me “I wouldn’t normally walk 10 miles a day because I don’t have a reason to, there is no benefit of me walking that often a day other than me being exhausted..” but because this is a game, they find it worth it, BUT it seems they don’t find their health worth it. That is something to think about. 

Not everyone plays the game for the same reasons and not everyone who plays doesn’t attend a gym or exercise regularly or eat better.  I don’t believe everyone who plays is out of shape, obese, or poorly nourished, I believe we have people who use this game as a reason to exercise but as soon as the reason disappears so does their motivation to stay in a routine/exercise. That is my concern. We talked about people needing motivation and how starting is the hardest part, well when your motivation comes from extrinsic things, it becomes harder to keep that motivation burning inside of you. If you have intrinsic motivation, it comes from your own desires of wanting to fulfill something for own self, this is the type of motivation people need to have if they plan on carrying on in this productive lifestyle they have created for themselves while playing this game. If this game was your gateway to a healthier journey/lifestyle; that is perfectly okay! this was your way of getting started, but now we need to figure out how to keep you on the same path when you decide to quit playing the game because if you don’t find a reason for you after this game is long gone, you will be back at square one waiting for the next opportunity.  When it comes to children/teens going out and playing it and staying active, this is important for them to do.. they need their exercise as much as some of us adults sometimes and they need to keep their minds jogging as well! this is good for them, but kids grow bored and tired of repetition sometimes; so they are constantly looking for the next big thing, the next fun opportunity and the next socially accepted idea.  This means when this game’s thunder runs low and your child is giving up on wanting to play with the neighbor kids or wanting to stay inside playing the Xbox versus riding their bike or if your child would much rather not walk the dog or take out the trash anymore, you will need to come up with something to get them motivated! <— remember this word.   

If we embark on the mental side of things (anxieties) then we have to think about how one would find the same confidence they had when playing the game when the game no longer becomes of interest.  I have social anxiety, and sometimes it is worse than others depending on the situation, since I don’t use this app, I am having to cope with it the old fashion way (on my own) with nothing to distract me from thinking about worse case scenario. Playing this game is helping people with their anxieties because it takes their minds off of the worse case scenario and focuses their attention on finding Pokemon and battling people, it is like a mask that mask their inner fears. Not saying it works for everyone, and to be honest I am not sure if it would work for me.. my fear with this coping strategy for people is: when it is done, you will have to find a new way of coping and everything that once bothered you will start all over again.  The other side of that is, you could end up feeling more confident and no longer need to cope, but now you are living with less fear and you have minimal anxiety <— this would be the optimal outcome! Mental health is just as important, if not more important than physical health for no other reason than it can determine how you live your life (for better or for worse). I am hoping this gives some people something to think about, opens up room for discussion and gives you an idea on my opinion of this game.  I hope that people who choose to play this game think about the long term and play it safely.   Thank you for taking time to read this lengthy post and I am looking forward to hearing from all of you! 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

P.S the majority of my thoughts were my opinion, some of which you may agree and others of which you may disagree and that is perfectly okay! 

I got nominated for the 3 day quote challenge again! LOL here we go- Quote challenge day 1 :)

Okay, so yes.. I thought my quote challenge was finished up, but another blogger has just recently nominated me for the 3 day quote challenge and I felt compelled to do it all over, only because I enjoyed sharing quotes with all of you and because I have more quotes to share, but after this one.. I will need a break from quote challenges, so I can regain my energy back and write about my topic of discussions. So, if you are thinking about nominating me again, which is lovely.. give me another couple of weeks to rejuvenate LOL

This thank you is for Samia J. Hassan, thank you for nominating me, I do very much appreciate it. Everyone should have a look at her blog page (as I just started following her recently). 

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today:

  1. “The very act of believing creates strength of its own”- Source unknown
  2. “We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched”- Tacitus
  3. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The nominees:

  1. 4fitnesssake
  2. Vast_Thinker_shreya
  3. Nadine

 

 

The 3 day quote challenge- Day 3

PoojaG thank you for nominating me, you have great quotes on your page as well and always have some positive vibes that can really make one smile.

Rules to be followed:

  • 3 quotes each day
  • 3 nominees to be nominated (no repetition!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Inform the nominees

My quotes for today:

  1. “The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but more acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, ‘I was wrong.'” -Sydney J. Harris 
  2. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” -Will Rogers
  3. “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it.  What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”- Jim Rohn

My nominees: 

  1. Taruna
  2. Tikeetha T
  3. Lynne Hoareau

Thank you once again for allowing me to be selected for this challenge, I have enjoyed it and hope that all of you reading, have also enjoyed the quotes of my choosing.  

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxox